A 27-year-old woman from Essex miraculously survived after her VW Golf was shunted by a vehicle carrying a skip and wedged underneath the articulated lorry in front. Her vehicle was so badly crushed that horrified onlookers didn’t realise at first there was a car squashed between the two heavy vehicles. The woman was airlifted to the Royal London hospital and the latest police reports indicate she may, incredibly, have escaped without life changing injuries.
The impacted lorry also ploughed into two cars in front making the articulated lorry accident a five car collision in total. A man was later arrested and was questioned on suspicion of dangerous driving, causing a serious injury collision and on suspicion of being under the influence of drink and drugs.
Are articulated lorries dangerous?
Articulated lorries are often used to transport goods long distances around the country. Drivers have to be qualified to drive these special types of large or heavy vehicles and to follow specific procedures and carry out safety checks. Sadly, accidents can and do happen and in the case of an articulated lorry accident these can have devastating consequences. Because of the sheer size and weight of these vehicles it is extremely rare that drivers of other vehicles survive such a crash.
Articulated lorries are huge, powerful vehicles weighing many tonnes which, under certain conditions, can be lethal. Their length and heights sometimes makes them vulnerable to blowing over in severe weather conditions and if these vehicles lose control they can extremely dangerous. Articulated lorries can jack-knife on icy motorways, skidding over the central reservation and resulting in multiple impacts. There have been cases of articulated lorries being involved in accidents found to have been caused by dangerous driving or other human error.
Could you launch a successful compensation claim?
If you’ve been involved in an articulated lorry accident in the last three years, you need to contact accident compensation specialists Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. We are committed to helping you and work on a no win, no fee basis, helping you through every step of the process. Just call our free 24/7 enquiry helpline to find out more. You can also use the ‘30-second claim calculator’ on our website to find out how much you might typically receive if successful. You have nothing to lose and might stand to gain, so give us a call now.
Source: The Telegraph
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown